|We couldn't have asked for a nicer evening!|
This past year, we did something that I have never done in the almost 30 years that I've been going up to the cottage. We went to a fish boil. Now, I am a bit of a foodie freak. I love food and the stories behind it. I'm a huge advocate of local farms and food culture. So, a fish boil might not sound exciting to everyone, but to me, it was a huge deal. A dream of mine, you could say. You see, a fish boil isn't just boiled fish. In fact, the fish almost becomes a side note. It's a gathering, seeped in tradition, an event. And it's a perfect example of everything I love about local food.
|The scene as we arrived|
Fish boils around the Great Lakes go back over a century. Scandinavian settlers to the area brought the custom with them. So, with the Norwegian and Swedish blood that runs through my veins, of course I felt right at home. Fish all day, throw it in a big pot with potatoes and onions, then feast! At least, that was the original version. It's kind of like a Midwestern clambake.
When we got to the fish boil, we noticed that another group had been wise enough to bring a bottle of their own wine. Brilliant! Why didn't I think of that? So I sent my hubby off to the local winery for a bottle of our favorite of their many wines, the Harvest Rose. (Much better than their specialty asparagus wine...but that's a blog for another day!) Luckily, The Fox Barn Winery is probably less than half a mile down the road, so it was a quick trip. :)
|Now we're ready!|
|Potatoes and spices, ready to go.|
|I wish blogs had scents!|
|Post boil-over, still some awesome flames going!|
|Lining up to enjoy the feast|
|You're lucky I stopped scarfing it long enough to snap a picture!|
|The perfect ending to a home-grown meal!|
We watched as the sun set over the hills, explored the gardens with the kids some more, and eventually reluctantly made our way to the car to head back to the cottage. It was a near-perfect night, and the whole family raved about it the whole drive. If you ever have a chance to experience a fish boil, especially the one at Cherry Point, I highly, highly recommend it!
Cherry Point also does authentic lumberjack pancake breakfasts...but that's a story for another day. :)